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Where are the women in London Transport?
Where are the women in London Transport?

The London Transport Museum is looking for ladies — as part of a history project.

Dinner with the Charles Dickens Museum
Dinner with the Charles Dickens Museum

Christmas means food, drink and dickens, so the Charles Dickens Museum has decked the halls and put out the (artificial) food in a celebration of a Dickensian Christmas.

Disease X – the next London pandemic?
Disease X – the next London pandemic?

At some point in the future, London will be struck by a dread disease that will lay waste to swathes of society.

Disused London Underground tunnel tours announced
Disused London Underground tunnel tours announced

The London Transport Museum has announced a new batch of tours in its Hidden London series of disused parts of the London Underground.

The 80 year old tube train that could run on the Underground again
The 80 year old tube train that could run on the Underground again

A train that hasn’t been seen on the London Underground since 1971 could make a return if plans to restore a collection of Q-Stock carriages can be completed.

Museum of London raises £15 million for new building
Museum of London raises £15 million for new building

The Museum of London has secured an additional £15 million towards the £70 million it needs to raise to fund its new museum building in Smithfield.

When plywood and plastic ruled — at the V&A
When plywood and plastic ruled — at the V&A

There’s a room in the V&A that’s filled with more than the usual abundance of nostalgia, looking at domestic design in the post-war years.

Win tickets to an IMAX screening of 2001: A Space Odyssey
Win tickets to an IMAX screening of 2001: A Space Odyssey

The Science Museum is offering IanVisits readers two pairs of tickets to their IMAX screenings of Stanley Kubrick’s masterpiece “2001: A Space Odyssey”, to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Kubrick’s groundbreaking 1968 epic.

Art in the Age of Computers at the V&A Museum
Art in the Age of Computers at the V&A Museum

Since they were created, people have wondered if computers could create art, and now the V&A has an exhibition of some of the results of that pondering.

Sir Quentin Blake draws scientists for the Science Museum
Sir Quentin Blake draws scientists for the Science Museum

A large room at the top of the Science Museum, normally filled with schoolchildren has also gained a huge new mural by the illustrator, Sir Quentin Blake.

50 years since the abolition of censorship in the theatres
50 years since the abolition of censorship in the theatres

This exhibition is a wake up call to everyone how precious our freedoms are — and needs to be seen by as many people as possible.

Climb a 680 year old tower overlooking the Thames
Climb a 680 year old tower overlooking the Thames

Right next to Lambeth Palace is an old church, and it’s possible to climb up its 131 stone steps to stand on the roof for some fantastic views across the Thames to Parliament.

Unseen drawings commissioned by the Bank of England go on display
Unseen drawings commissioned by the Bank of England go on display

In 1957, the Bank of England opened a new printing press in Debden on the edge of London, and a series of drawings of the people working in the building have gone on display for the first time.

The Sun blazes into the Science Museum’s new blockbuster exhibition
The Sun blazes into the Science Museum’s new blockbuster exhibition

From ancient Bronze Age worship to spacecraft still to be launched, the Science Museum’s newest blockbuster exhibition looks at the source of all life on earth… the Sun.

The last Tsar, the death of the Romanovs at the Science Museum
The last Tsar, the death of the Romanovs at the Science Museum

At a time when news about Russia is synonymous with assassination and murder, the Science Museum looks back 100 years to another dark and notorious assassination.

Museums by appointment: The London Roman Wall and Bastion
Museums by appointment: The London Roman Wall and Bastion

In a basement underneath Merrill Lynch’s London office can be found an exceptionally well-preserved section of Roman Wall, and a Medieval Bastion, and they’re both free to visit.

British Museum reveals how Asia viewed Europe
British Museum reveals how Asia viewed Europe

Looking at how Europeans traded with Asia from the 18th century onwards, an exhibition shows how Asia viewed these strange foreigners in their homelands.

Tickets Alert: Tours of a disused London Underground tube station
Tickets Alert: Tours of a disused London Underground tube station

The disused London Underground station at Aldwych is to once again open its doors to let people down and see this most famous of abandoned tube stations.

Fatberg Live! Watch the living fatberg!
Fatberg Live! Watch the living fatberg!

In a secure container, within a locked vault, the notorious Whitechapel fatberg continues to evolve and change.

A visit to the Florence Nightingale Museum
A visit to the Florence Nightingale Museum

A museum devoted to the lady of the lamp who did so much to move the public’s opinion of nursing and war — sits under the pedestrian plaza at St Thomas’ Hospital.

Tickets Alert: Open Day at the Transport Museum overflow depot
Tickets Alert: Open Day at the Transport Museum overflow depot

A huge shed packed full of old tube trains, buses, trams, and floors of railway ephemera, this is the Acton depot used by the London Transport Museum to store everything that wont fit into the museum.

The Science Museum has a room full of old washing machines and televisions
The Science Museum has a room full of old washing machines and televisions

In the basement of the Science Museum is a gallery that’s all too easy to miss, and yet is full of domestic wonders.

Tickets Alert: Be transported back to the 1980s at the Transport Museum
Tickets Alert: Be transported back to the 1980s at the Transport Museum

The 1980s, an era of big hair, big shoulder pads and big mobile phones, but also a transport network at its lowest point in decades, with smoking still allowed, rubbish strewn platforms, and broken chocolate bar vending machines.

Tickets Alert: Rare open day at a Pathology Museum
Tickets Alert: Rare open day at a Pathology Museum

It doesn’t happen very often, and usually just for special events, but the Victorian Pathology Museum at St Barts Hospital is having an open day.